As the 2022 NBA Playoffs rage on, the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics appear to be separating themselves from the pack as the two teams who would have the most explosive meeting in the NBA Finals.
The postseason has been fairly contested so far. The Celtics are the only team in the league to complete a sweep, with every other first round series going to at least five games.
Even so, a few squads have been dominant. The Philadelphia 76ers were on the verge of sweeping Toronto before a Joel Embiid injury. Milwaukee has squashed Chicago even with an injury to Khris Middleton and the Miami Heat have a commanding 3-1 lead over Atlanta.
In the West, top seeds like the Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns are deadlocked at 2-2. The Suns, who will be without Devin Booker for the remainder of the series, are notably struggling against the New Orleans Pelicans, originally the ninth seed.
Then, there are the Celtics and Warriors. Sitting above the rest as the two teams who have put up the strongest performances.
The Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors appear to be on a crash course of the NBA Finals. Who would win this potential matchup?
The Celtics have boasted one of the toughest defenses the league has ever seen. Marcus Smart, the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year, is joined by versatile wings like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Big men like Al Horford and Robert Williams make the Celtics even more difficult to score on.
On the other end of the floor, Brown and Tatum have continued their ascension into superstardom. The duo is outscoring the likes of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, accounting for over 50 points per game (both ranking in the top 20 for scoring).
The Warriors are just as capable of playing both ends of the floor. Draymond Green knows a thing or two about leading an elite defense while Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Gary Payton, Kevon Looney, Otto Porter Jr. and Andre Iguodala are all there to chip in.
As for offense, the Splash Brothers are back in a big way. They each scored 30+ points in Game 4 against Denver and are joined by a rising star in Jordan Poole.
A clash between Boston and Golden State would be combining the two hottest teams in the league right now. It would be the ultimate battle of offense and defense as each squad has the firepower needed to match the other.
Predicting who would win a potential matchup is impossible — but one thing we know for sure is all NBA fans should be rooting for this hypothetical battle to become a reality.